Alexandre Aja quickly established himself as a household name in horror with 2003’s High Tension, and he continued to make his mark on the genre with such releases as The Hills Have Eyes remake, Piranha 3D, and Horns. His latest film, Crawl, debuted in theaters on July 12th, and this Florida hurricane, alligator attack story thrilled both fans and critics alike. To mark the debut of Crawl on home video, which is now available on Digital and Blu-Ray, Mr. Aja spoke with Horror News Network to answer some of our questions about his filmmaking process and some of the unique steps required to bring a film like Crawl to the silver screen.
Director Alexandre Aja’s Crawl is finally coming to Blu-Ray disc and DVD on Tuesday, October 15th. The film- which was produced by the legendary Sam Raimi- made a splash in theaters this past July, earning over $89 million against a $13.5 million budget and netting great critic and fan reviews along the way. Paramount Pictures have released a disc that contains a great transfer and solid special features, making Crawl a must-buy title for fans of the genre.
Crawl is a very strong entry in the storied category of aquatic monster movies. Ever since Bruce the shark first popped out of the ocean in Jaws, filmmakers have always been trying to recapture that distinct sense of dread that comes with the mystery of what lies beneath the surface of the water. Aja has found the perfect monster to rekindle interest in this fascinating sub-genre. The alligator shares many of the same predatory qualities as great white sharks, but with one major caveat: they can wreak a lot of havoc on land as well! Crawl‘s pacing is perfectly aligned with the rising of the water throughout a Florida hurricane, and the viewer can’t help but feel a lurking sense of dread along with each progressing establishing shot where the sea level is just a little bit higher. There are few films out there which capture the terror of an aquatic predator like Crawl does. read more
It has been revealed that Charles Cyphers has been tapped to reprise his role as Haddonfield’s sheriff Leigh Brackett in the upcoming sequel Halloween Kills. Cyphers starred in both the 1978 original Halloween and 1981 sequel, Halloween II.
Currently filming in Wilmington, NC, the announcement was made via Twitter by @Halloween__Fans, a page which also posted that Haddonfield Memorial Hospital will be featured in Kills as well. The location was central in the plot of Halloween II when Michael Myers stalked Laurie Strode while she was trying to recover from the injuries she sustained just hours earlier. read more
Families turned out for a dose of nostalgia this weekend in the form of yet another reboot of The Addams Family, which earned just over $30 million in its opening frame for a second place finish at the box office.
Weekend audiences gave the film a B+ on CinemaScore, with women representing 59% of the opening weekend crowd. 48% of the overall audience was also under the age of 17, which is no surprise for an animated film. The film fared much worse with critics, who gave the film an aggregate score of 44% on Rotten Tomatoes. Top critics polled like the film even less, only accounting for a score of 27%. In both cases, the sample size was low for a film with this wide of a release, with only 63 reviews recorded. The film will have added competition next week from Disney’s Maleficent: Mistress of Evil so The Addams Family should see a sharp decline (60% or more). The Halloween season may help the film in coming weeks if the kooky family can endure the assault of the popular witch from Sleeping Beauty. read more
According to Deadline, a reimagining of Maniac Cop has been greenlighted by HBO with Nicolas Winding Refn serving as both producer and director. Joining Refn on directorial duties will also be John Hyams.
Maniac Cop is set in Los Angeles and is said to be told through a kaleidoscope of characters, from cop to common criminal. A killer in uniform has uncaged mayhem upon the streets. Paranoia leads to social disorder as a city wrestles with the mystery of the exterminator in blue. Is he mere mortal, or a supernatural force? read more
Although many eras of horror have their own flavor and army of fans, the horror decade that has received the most praise, imitation, and love in recent years is undoubtedly the 1980s. The era of big business, big hair, and low budget horror is rife with enough horror films to pack any documentary, but before director David A. Weiner unveiled his work on In Search of Darkness: The Definitive ’80s Horror Documentary, no one had ever attempted to capture the zeitgeist of the decade in such a fashion. read more
Hivemind recently issued a press release which announced that they will be teaming with James Wan and his Atomic Monster production company for the upcoming television adaptation of Gideon Falls. Created by Jeff Lemire and Andrea Sorrentino, Gideon Falls recently picked up a 2019 Eisner Award for Best New Series.
Published by Image Comics, the official synopsis for the series is as follows:
The lives of a reclusive young man obsessed with a conspiracy in the city’s trash, and a washed-up Catholic priest arriving in a small town full of dark secrets, become intertwined around the mysterious legend of The Black Barn, an otherworldly building that is alleged to have appeared in both the city and the small town, throughout history, bringing death and madness in its wake. Rural mystery and urban horror collide in this character-driven meditation on obsession, mental illness, and faith. read more
Premiering October 11 on Nickelodeon, a scene from the Are You Afraid of the Dark miniseries has been uploaded online to give viewers a glimpse of what’s in store.
First aired in 1990 and continuing until 1996 and again from 1999 to 2000 in a second series, each rendition of the show focused on a group of storytellers who called themselves “The Midnight Society.” They would gather every Saturday night at a clearing in the woods for a member to tell a tale around a campfire that would often include ghosts, witches, goblins and other spooky creatures. read more
Nothing says the Halloween season like horror movie marathons, especially when they are hosted by everyone’s favorite movie expert, Joe Bob Briggs. To commemorate this occasion, a brand new installment of Shudder’s The Last Drive-In series lands on October 25 at 9 pm entitled Joe Bob’s Halloween Hootenanny!
While preparing for season two of The Last Drive-In, Briggs claims that “…we unearthed three forgotten gems that are all Halloween-themed and decided it was time for a Halloween Hootenanny. Or maybe I’m lying about that and we’re programming three iconic Halloween favorites. Or maybe we’re counter-programming with flicks that have absolutely nothing to do with Halloween. The great thing about spending October 25 with us is that, as Forrest Gump says, you never know what you’re gonna get. What we can promise is a) I will be ridiculously nerdy about horror, and b) Darcy the Mail Girl will probably disagree with me. It’s great to be back. I missed Shudder and the Shudder faithful.” read more
Crowdfunding has become an ever-increasing element of creative projects over the last half decade, and with the continued success of the “direct to consumer/fan” approach, it was only a matter of time before a company emerged as the first fan-owned entertainment company in the world: the aptly-named Legion M. With a slate of unique genre-bending offerings such as Colossal, Mandy, and the just released Memory: The Origin of Alien documentary, David Baxter- the VP of Development for Legion M- took some time to speak to Horror News Network at New York Comic Con 2019 about the documentary and how his company is forging a new way of doing business in Hollywood. read more